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Jair Bolsonaro: Tropical Trump Who Hankers for Days of Dictatorship

September 06, 2018

Jair Bolsonaro, who has been seriously injured in a knife attack while campaigning to become Brazil's next president is a polarising figure in an unpredictable election campaign.

He has praised Pinochet, expressed support for torturers and called for political opponents to be shot, earning him the label of “the most misogynistic, hateful elected official in the democratic world”.

But rising violent crime, anger over repeated corruption scandals and an efficient social media operation have helped him gain support, and he is now second in the polls after former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – who has been barred from running because of a criminal conviction for corruption.

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